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Is it necessary to have a sump pump stand installed between the bottom of the sump-pit and the sump pump to keep sediment and debris out of the pump intake?

Alternatively, can I just put a brick or some other material under the sump pump to raise the pump intake a couple of inches away from the bottom of the pit to serve the same purpose?

The idea of a stand makes sense, but is it an add on that companies sell, or do many pumps fail every year because of sediment and debris in their intakes?

Examples of sump pump stands from the googles: http://www.google.com/search?q=sump+pump+stand

A common search result on the googles are branded sites in different geographic locations selling their very expensive branded "Triple Safe" systems: http://www.basementsystems.com/sump-pump/cleanpump-sump-pump-pedestal.html

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interesting, i think I could use one of these! –  mohlsen Aug 25 '11 at 13:16
    
Wouldn't using a stand just delay the inevitable? I would suspect the sediment will eventually build up above the stand to the base of the pump, at which time you would... buy another, taller stand? If there is that much junk in the sump pit, suck it out with a shop vac (annually if required). –  Tester101 Aug 26 '11 at 12:36
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I stopped at several home improvement stores today to ask about sump pump stands to several different opinions from those who sell sump pumps directly:

Gary at Home Depot:
More interested in his phone than talking to me. His recommendation was not to worry about it. "Why is there sediment in your sump basin? It should just be water in your sump basin."

Dave at Menards:
He pointed out that the sump pumps with intakes on the bottom are designed to "pass any solids that will fit into the intake". He pointed to two separate models with different size holes near the intake and explained that it acts as a filter to keep any larger sediment out of the pump.

Lesley at Lowes:
She suggested not to buy one of the stands, but instead to just place the pump on a brick. The brick will serve the same purpose by raising the pump up a couple of inches.

None of the stores sold a stand of any kind. The three people that I talked to had neither heard of nor seen a sump pump stand like the one that is linked to above.

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I'm glad you found the answer to your question! :D I'd been googling like crazy trying to see if I could unearth some sort of solution for you, but alas my efforts were in vain. But hey, Menard's is like the best of big box and mom-and-pop places; they have experts on staff and a good selection. :D –  Aarthi Aug 26 '11 at 2:17
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I had some issues with water in my basement last year, so I got a new more powerful sump pump and a battery backup system. The sump pump came with a small foot built in that kept it a couple of inches off the bottom to prevent the sediment from causing issues.

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